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Have dental stains darkened and dulled your smile? Have over-the-counter teeth whitening products rendered disappointing results? At Rose Dental Associates, your professional dentists and their support staff offer the finest cosmetic dentistry services in Albany. Teeth whitening is one of the most popular treatments available today—could it rejuvenate your smile too?
What happened to your teeth?
They're not as bright and white as they once were. How can that be? You brush, floss, and get your routine cleanings at Rose Dental Associates. Still, you're often hiding your smile when you laugh and smile in public.
Dental stains vary in cause and intensity. The easiest to treat is what dentists and hygienists call extrinsic stains, and they're caused by dark foods, highly-pigmented beverages, and tobacco usage (both cigarettes and smokeless tobacco).
At Rose Dental Associates, your team of four dentists offer in-office teeth whitening treatments. Using highly concentrated hydrogen peroxide gel, these one-hour treatments lift organic matter right out of tooth surfaces before your dentist simply rinses it away.
Do you qualify?
Your dentist at Rose Dental Associates in Albany will examine your teeth and gums first before recommending teeth whitening or any other cosmetic dental treatment. After a complete oral examination, your dentist may advise whitening to brighten your enamel by several shades of color.
The whitening process
It all happens right in the dental chair. Your lips and tongue will be protected with a plastic dam while your dentist applies the bleaching gel to all tooth surfaces. This process is repeated a few times, and after an hour or so, whitening is complete. Afterward, patients are amazed at the dramatic results!
Keeping it bright
Teeth whitening is today's most sought-after aesthetic treatment in dental offices all over the country. This popularity is due to the procedure's fast, spectacular smile improvement and affordable cost.
After treatment, you can keep that fabulous smile white by brushing and flossing daily, getting professional cleanings every six months, limiting staining dietary choices (coffee, tea, curry, soy sauce) and stopping all tobacco usage.
If you're interested in an effective, safe change in your smile aesthetics, why not contact Rose Dental Associates' Albany office today for a cosmetic dentistry consultation? Talk over your goals with your dentist, and together, you can achieve your best smile! Call (518) 456-7673.
Most people think of missing teeth as a cosmetic problem. And while it is true that living with any degree of tooth loss can have a profound effect on your social life, professional prospects, and self esteem, tooth loss can also damage your oral health. The dentists at Rose Dental Associates in Albany, NY, recommend dental implants for healthy adults looking for a comprehensive dental restoration that addresses the cosmetic and oral health issues caused by tooth loss.
Improve Your Smile and Oral Health with Dental Implants in Albany, NY
Dental implants consist of two parts: the implant and the cosmetic crown. In the first step, the dentist will surgically place the implant, a titanium biocompatible screw, in the socket of the missing tooth. The implant eventually fuses to the surrounding bone tissue in the gums through a process known as osseointegration, which secures the implant in place and helps to preserve bone density. Why does this matter? Bone loss is a major component of gum disease, which is still a leading cause of tooth loss according to the American Dental Association (ADA).
After a short healing period, the cosmetic crown is attached to the implant to complete the restoration. An implant can be used to replace a single tooth, or to support an entire set of dentures with just a few implants. Once in place they look, function and feel just like a natural tooth. Like natural teeth, implants require consistent oral hygiene and follow up dental care. With proper care, implants have a very high success rate and are a long term solution to tooth loss.
Find a Dentist in Albany, NY
For more information about dental implants and how they can help to restore your smile and oral health after tooth loss, contact Rose Dental Associates by calling (518) 456-7673 to schedule an appointment with one of our dentists today.
Are you interested in getting professional teeth whitening in Albany, NY?
Tired of having a smile that has lost its radiance and pizzazz? Find yourself scratching your head looking at all the over-the-counter whitening products trying to figure out if any of them actually give you the results they say they do? If you are looking to get fast, effective whitening results, then put down that commercial whitening kit and turn to our Albany, NY, dentists at Rose Dental Associates.
Tell me about professional teeth whitening…
Professional teeth whitening works in much the same way as the commercial whitening products that you can get from your local pharmacy; however, the main difference is that professional teeth whitening doesn’t have to sit on teeth nearly as long in order to get the results you want. How does this happen?
Well, the whitening gel we use contains an active ingredient that is known to go through the enamel layers and break up stain molecules. The active ingredient is usually either carbamide peroxide or hydrogen peroxide. While one of these active ingredients is found in over-the-counter whitening products too, there is a significantly higher concentration of this ingredient in our in-office whitening gel.
The higher concentration means that we only have to leave the gel on your teeth for a short period of time (usually no more than 15 minutes at a time) in order to get the ideal results. During the course of your in-office whitening treatment, our Albany, NY, cosmetic dentist will typically apply the gel, leave it on for several minutes, remove the gel and then repeat this process a couple more times. Once your whitening is complete, we will consult the shade guide to show you just how much whiter we were able to get your smile.
What are the benefits of getting professional whitening?
As you might be able to tell, one of the biggest benefits is that you will get visible results in a very short time frame. Those who have a special occasion coming up may need whiter results fast and can’t rely on commercial whitening products to do the trick. This is where our professional whitening system is superior. In about one hour we could get your smile five shades (or more) whiter!
Of course, if you have been whitening from home you may not realize that there are always risks, whether you are using over-the-counter products or a DIY treatment. Why not turn to our dentist who has been specially trained to whiten your smile safely without the potential risks?
The dentists at Rose Dental Associates in Albany, NY, pride themselves in offering comprehensive, tailored dental care to every patient that walks through our doors. No matter whether you want to get teeth whitening or you are dealing with a dental emergency, we are there to help you.
Looking at the gap in your smile caused by tooth loss in the mirror everyday can be demotivating. A large gap, especially at the front, can cause you to lose confidence in your overall appearance. Don’t despair and give up on your smile—see a dentist to talk about solutions. You may be able to close the gap by getting a dental implant at Rose Dental Associates in Albany, NY.
It Can Be Difficult Living with a Smile Gap
If you have recently experienced tooth loss or an extraction, you now know how distressing it can be to live with this dental issue. The gap makes it harder to eat, smile, and communicate with others in social environments. A large space in the smile also puts the rest of your teeth at risk of shifting out of place, which could create orthodontic problems.
A Dental Implant Will Fill the Gap
While some people opt for dentures, which are removable, to fill small gaps in their teeth, many patients are now interested in dental implants. A dental implant not only fills the gap above the gum line, but also the space that’s left open below the gum line. Your Albany dentist can install a dental implant and crown in about two or three appointments.
Keeping Your Implant Healthy
The process of having an implant installed (including the healing period) can take several months. Once this process is complete you’ll want to do everything possible to ensure that your implanted tooth and the rest of your mouth stays healthy. Here are a few tips for keeping your implant for as long as possible:
- Take extra care to brush and floss around the base of the implanted tooth to avoid plaque buildup.
- Get your teeth checked at least twice a year for signs of gingivitis. Ask for a deep cleaning or scaling and root planing session if necessary.
- Eat a diet rich in calcium (for healthy bone tissue), Vitamin A, C, D, and potassium.
Let a Dental Implant Close Your Smile Gap
Don’t allow too much time to pass when you have a gap due to a missing tooth. Call Rose Dental Associates in Albany, NY at (518) 456-7673 today to talk about dental implants.
What makes a smile truly attractive? Certainly, healthy teeth and gums top the list. Beyond, you want straight alignment, no gaps, and realistic restorations. The final component is tooth color. In fact, the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry says that most Americans would change their tooth color--brighten it--if they could. The good news is that your Albany, NY family dentists, Dr. Robert Santoro, Dr. Champaka Lakshmi and Dr. Gila Beer at Rose Dental Associates, offer professional teeth whitening that completes the look their patients really desire.
You can purchase an amazing variety of whitening toothpastes, strips, rinses and more at your local drugstore, shopping mall or big box store. Almost all products contain varying amounts of carbamide or hydrogen peroxide. Trays and strips which apply the bleaching agent directly to teeth are the very popular.
Despite their popularity, certain problems come with unsupervised whitening methods. For example:
- Whitening trays are not customized to fit your exact dentition, and gel can spill on sensitive gums and lips
- Rinses allow very brief contact between your teeth and the active whitening ingredient
- Over the counter products require weeks to change tooth color
- You really don't know if your teeth and gums are healthy enough for whitening unless your Albany family dentist examines them
All in all, professionally supervised whitening offers many more benefits and none of the risks of do-it-yourself products.
Professional teeth whitening
At Rose Dental Associates, your Albany family dentist gives patients with healthy teeth and gums (no decay, numerous restorations or periodontitis) two wonderful ways to achieve that dazzling, bright smile:
- At-home whitening, accomplished with daily application of concentrated hydrogen peroxide gel via custom-made acrylic trays
- In-office whitening, done right at the office in about an hour
Whichever method you choose, rest assured that your cosmetic treatment is safe, effective and professionally monitored. Patients also remark that the change in color is so dramatic (up to eight shades) that they wish they had opted for the treatment long ago. Lastly, professional teeth whitening is an economical enhancement when compared to porcelain veneers, direct bonding or other aesthetic services.
Keeping a smile bright
Poor oral hygiene, cigarettes, smokeless tobacco, dark foods and beverages and the simple passage of time create dental stains and an overall dull and dingy appearance. Once your smile is whitened, you can maintain its bright look by:
- Avoiding tobacco completely
- Brushing twice a day and flossing daily as the American Dental Association recommends
- Getting semi-annual cleanings and check-ups at Rose Dental Associates
- Limiting foods and drinks which stain enamel (soy sauce, blueberries, coffee, black tea, colas, acidic foods)
- Keeping tooth surfaces clean by drinking plenty of water each day
- Getting occasional whitening touch-ups as needed
Find out more
If you have good oral health, chances are whitening could enhance your smile. To see if you qualify, contact Rose Dental Associates in Albany, NY for a cosmetic dentistry consultation with Dr. Santoro, Dr. Lakshmi or Dr. Beer. Call today: (518) 456-7673.